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Small Bird, Big World #1

Small Bird, Big World #1
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Small bird, big World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-25 6:47
Viewed: 3735
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have in the last few days, taken some aviary images in which I have made a sort of theme. I am going to create the theme called "Small birds, Big World". This is the first of the lot. I would encourage others to see what I did here and perhaps come up with something similar. I thought it might be fun. this provides an outlet for a beautiful image but more of an environmental one for the birds. I chose to keep it to one bird and one larger environment. That way it gives the impression that the one bird is feeling small in this huge world of ours. Please feel free to add your own images with this in mind.

This is your common seagull hovering in the air, taken yesterday as a band of storm clouds approached. I noticed the gull was doing quite a bit of circling and soaring almost like an eagle does or an osprey or hawk. Its flight pattern was so graceful and just before the sun was lost behind the clouds coming in and seen in the west, the light hit the bird...It was a good start to a good day for me...Hope you enjoy!

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Hello Bob,

I was just going to search for your latest posting and here you are next door! Not that I'm lazy but it has saved effort!

I think we should introduce our two lonely birds!

I see exactly what you mean here!
A big wild, free world - immense to a bird gliding on the thermals! Strangely shruken when thinking of our involvement.
I'll see what I can do to add to your theme next time I have an opportunity!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)
Many thanks for your feedback on 'I may be small but I'm tough'.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-25 7:43]

Hi Bob.
I know exactly what You mean in Your Note. I love birds, becouse they can go every were they want. No fences, no walls, no city limits or countries to stop. In other words They are free. and they belong to Mother Nature.
Saludos My good friend. Love your note.

A fascination I have in landscape photography is with sun drenched foregrounds and cloud or storm darked backgrounds.

Those scenes are fairly hard to come by but make for good pictures. In this one the gull is what does it for me.

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  • Max31 Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 39] (201)
  • [2008-04-25 8:24]

Bonjour Bob,
Magnifique contraste entre l'oiseau blanc et le ciel orageux.
Le cadrage est parfait, la luminosité et les couleurs sont superbes.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-04-25 8:44]

Hi Bob,
Great use of the bright light against the dark clouds...very nice, well seen. The timing is superb, having placed the Gull against the darkest part of the cloud for maximum contrast.
Job well done, enjoy your weekend.

Bob, this is wonderful, very ethereal and beautiful. Nature and art combined, superb framing and composition. fine work indeed!!!

Dear Bob
What a wonderful scene you captured :O)
Perfect exposure,composition and POV.Superb shot my friend.


Hola Bob.
Una interesante serie la que empiezas con esta bella imagen.
La pequeña gaviota llena la escena, es imposible mirar esta imagen sin que la mirada sea atraída por el ave.
Buen encuadre y detalles.
Saludos, JL

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-25 10:53]

Hi Bob. I like the way you have captured the light in this shot of the Bird. It shows up so well against the dark clouds of the storm. good timing to get the bird just in the right place. well done TFS.

Have a nice weekend.

Hello Bob,

This is a good beginning of the theme "Small birds, Big World". The highlighted white colours of the upperside of the wings and then the what darker BG (sky) in one word : GREAT. By this weathertype there is a lot of thermal. I live by the coast and I see this almost every day. When the seagulls coming back from there place inland and they go to there sleepingplaces at the coast, they are mostly soaring. I'm curious about the following photos.

Have a nice weekend and TFS BOB

Hello Bob,
Oh! I loved this image very much and very artistic!
the colour contrast here is really awesome between the gull and the vastness of the cloudy sky!
I totally enjoyed this beautiful posting
have a wonderful weekend,Bob!


I can sit back and imagine the adventure that this bird is undertaking from here. Maybe it has just escaped from the Giant Peach and is off to regale its story to friends ?

Little Mr Glen

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-04-25 12:28]

Hi Bob!

This is a very sensitive picture, it appears to me like a dream and lets me feel like flying away... away from that world, far up to the sky, joining the clouds in order to feel free...

If only I could!

Kind regards


Hi Bob, fascinating composition with splendid flying bird in a wonderful sky, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-04-25 13:08]

Hi Bob,what a beutifull pic! I think this is ok for an advertising of freedom,very very impressive ! Excellent quality of light and beutifull clouds,my best compliments for this new and great idea,Luciano

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-25 13:15]

Hi Bob

ANother stunning composition - great use of the clouds - very simpe and very well thought out.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-25 13:34]

Hi Bob,

What a wonderful idea for a theme. Fantastic timing to catch this gull while it was in the dark cloud. Amazing composition of the bird (looking small) in the dramatic looking sky. If I can work up the courage to post a feeble attempt of mine at an inflight bird I might contribute to your theme. If I do, feel free to uncontribute (?) it for not meeting up to your standards.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-25 14:45]

I like it!!
Very effective capture, Bob!
The compisition is right to the Rule of Thirds and works perfectly!
Brilliant sense of isolation of this small bird in a big world :-) That's a great idea for a theme too!
Well done!


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-04-25 16:16]

Hi Bob, this image looks like the passing away of the soul of the Blue Jay ;-)) Thanks for your new theme and having put my picture in it with this superb shot of yours. The light is fantastic, you couldn't have a picture more archetypal, as would your friend Carl say it. The dark clouds against the bright white bird is superb, this is beautiful. Thank you!


hello Bob

excellent idea you new Theme,
you did a superb infligth shot of the Seagull,
your image for me it is giving the impression that
we are fliying with the bird, superb POV at his level, TFS


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-25 19:17]

Hello Bob,
Wonderful composition my friend, the coming storm clouds look threatening but the segull pays no heed and flys on. Great work Bob, have a great night.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-25 21:48]

Hello Bob

What a wonderful composition.
The white bird against the dark clouds is excellent.
Lovely lighting with vivid colours.
The POV and DOF are well done.


Hello Bob,

Lovely composition with the dark and grey clouds.
The withe bird are exactly good been placed in the corner but i saw the bird personally been seeing in flight to me.


Hello Bob,

Superb composition. Great sky and excellent contrast between the white seagull and the dark cloud.

Hi Bob,

Nice view of Seagull flying to distance. Very composition and impressive natural colours.



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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-26 4:35]

Hi Bob,
I am not an experts in bird shots but I enjoy this image and you theme. Very creative thought and you can have a wide enough spectrum to play with. The migratory phenomenon of the birds is truely a thing to study and understand and your theme will definitely go a long way in understanding this. Wonderful shot and the dark clouds provides a fantastic effect. Waitng to see more of these. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Namastay Bob,
A lovely capture of this beautifully composed shot of the sky with a single bird. Excellent composition and the bird is well placed in the frame. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-27 1:16]

Hi Bob.
Very good idea which is full of contents and has a great creative potential. And amazing start. The cloudy sky and alone gull create an amazing composition. I like it a lot. It has own charm and soul as well as the note. Bravo.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-04-28 7:55]

Hi Bob

Long time no speak, my friend... I hope you are well :)
This is a superb shot with a very delicate composition. I love the moment when you captured this nice seagull here - right when it's over that dark cloud and thus creating this great contrast.
The positioning of the bird in the frame is also superb and aesthetic.

I also like your original idea for the theme...i will try and visit it as often as possible to see the new photos it includes :)

Take care and TFS

Hi Bob
First of all great mood and perfect simple composition. Nice contrast and great dramatic sky. Nice grey color tones. I like it very much
Best wishes

What an interesting effect!! Wonderful! Unusual...and that's always a good thing! :)

If I can fly like him,
If I can touch the cloud,
I can face the storm then,
I could be there - allowd.

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